1. Why am I on strike? Why have I gone months without a paycheque with no end in sight? I am married to a teacher, so we are doubly affected financially by this strike. Let me tell you that Learning Conditions are so awful right now that someone has to stand up for the kids in schools these days.
2. Why do so many people feel that they can criticize me and how I do my job? I don’t go around criticizing other how other people do their jobs. When was the last time they spent a day in a classroom? ALL day, not 15 minutes at the start or end of the day dropping of their own kid at school. Just because you had a bad experience when you were a know-it-all punk of a teenager, doesn't mean that all teachers are lazy and greedy, and mean.
3. Why am I fighting for other people’s children? Personally, I am fighting for my own children, who are supposed to be going into Grades Two and Three next month. If that helps other people’s children then that’s great too.
4. Do I deserve a raise which matches the cost of living increase? I think so. I DO deserve to maintain my standard of living. Those 3 University Degrees of mine didn't just fall out of the sky. I have 22 years of experience to share with children. What the public doesn't seem to understand is that our current offer doesn't even reach the cost of living increase, and the Government still thinks our wage offer is too high.
5. Where are the parents in all this? I can’t truly believe that parents are shallow enough to want their children to go back to an inadequate system just to save on daycare costs, or to get these kids out of their hair at home. I’d like to believe that most parents want the best for their children and do support the teachers and those that don’t are simply ignorant of the facts. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe people are that shallow after all.
6. Who are these people who believe the lies that the Government puts in the media? Clearly they are the same people who voted these jokers back into office last election. Those inaccurate statistics that were put on the front page of many free daily newspapers in June were simply wrong. They were blatant lies, published on the front page for anyone to see, and then used in a key press conference by the Education Minister and broadcast on TV.
7. What is the Government’s end game? What do they really want from all this? Why are they appealing the teacher’s victories in court again, and again?? Here’s the question I just can’t seem to find an answer to. What do they really want? I can really only see two answers to this question, and neither are good. Either there truly is no money. Which begs the question, where did the money go? Has the government so grossly mismanaged their funds that they are desperately trying to cover it up by causing a smokescreen in the media? What happened to our tax dollars? OR do they have the more insidious motive of trying to destroy the public school system? Maybe they really do want the wealthy to be better educated in the private system, and keep the lackeys in the troughs of the public system. A poorly educated population is easier to control after all.
8. Should I give up? I know it seems like we should. It can get really depressing if you follow the mainstream media machine. But then I get on social media and read upbeat messages from other teachers, and parents, and I know that somehow, somewhere, our message is getting out there. All we can do is keep it up, keep posting on social media, keep writing to the government, to Christy Clark, to Peter Fassbender, and to our local MLA’s and keep trying. It’s not just our children’s future, but it’s all of our futures here in BC that we are fighting for.
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